“Every Song Ever: Twenty Ways to Listen in an Age of Musical Plenty” is a book by Ben Ratliff (New York Times music critic) where he is focusing on listening music in digital era we are part of. In 20 chapters, he drives you through different musical traits like repetition, slowness, speed, quietness, virtuosity etc.
What I like the most in this book, is the way he is making connections between artists in completely different genre. For example, even though the term “blast beat” was coined in the 80s and it became known after hardcore punk and grindcore bands started to use it – in his book, Ben mentions a jazz song “Salt Peanuts” by Bud Powell, which was recorded in the 1953, and references to a part of the song where “blast beat” was used for the first time, than compares it with D.R.I. song “Draft me“. And there are just many more connections that most of us probably just never thought about.
What I did here – I made a playlist of songs that were mentioned in the book. Well, at least most of the songs – because some I couldn’t have found and for some I just picked one song from the album that was mentioned. Songs are sorted in the order of appearance, but are not clustered in chapters.